KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public are advised not to visit the general hospitals or clinics on April 3-5 as more than 8,000 contract doctors are planning to go on strike.
On the Mogok Doktor Malaysia Instagram page, it is said that the contract doctors will be taking medical/emergency leave as a protest against the “unfair system” and “low wages.”
“Your waiting time is expected to be much longer than usual,” the #MogokDoktorKontrak,” an Instagram post on the account said.
The Instagram reads: “Do not visit to any general hospital or Klinik Kesihatan from 3-5 April as there are more than 8,000 contract doctors going for job strike by taking medical /emergency leave as a protest against the unfair system and low wages. So your time of waiting is expected to be much longer than usual.”
The Instagram post added: “We are formed by a group of contract doctors who are currently working in the Ministry of Health. Most of us had participated in Hartal Doctor Kontrak two years ago.
“We are going for another strike mainly because of the unresolved unfair contract system and low wage problems in the Ministry of Health.”
In another page they claimed that they have been facing situation such as “over-worked, understaffed, underpaid and no permanent post.
In another development, the Health Director General, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, an unplanned strike was not the best way to resolve issues relating to medical officers or any other profession.
According to Dr. Noor Hisham, a strike could halt some services even if they were meant to send a message to a particular person or group.
“This needs to be carefully considered as this involves the healthcare service which is critical service as it involves the lives and wellbeing of the people,” he said. –Malaysia World News